At 16 years old, my 99 Grand Cherokee Laredo was the coolest car I could drive, at least living in Chicago and dealing with the winter snow. It was loaded with every available option offered on the La...
At 16 years old, my 99 Grand Cherokee Laredo was the coolest car I could drive, at least living in Chicago and dealing with the winter snow. It was loaded with every available option offered on the Laredo model including dual power heated leather seats, moonroof, Infinity Gold sound system, auto-dimming heated side mirrors, 10-disc CD changer, and more. The only option that it didn't have was the 4.7 liter V8 engine, which is also an option on the Limited model.
I drove the car for about 3 years and doubled the miles. At 125,000 miles the car has been handed down to my brother and still runs like new. The only real complaint I have about the car itself is the lag of the inline 6 motor, especially after driving a few of the V8 models before this one. Maintenence and repair wasn't costly, and the majority of the work I had done was due to my driving habits (such as new tires twice and brakes). However, I did have a problem with the car "putting" on a few occasions...so bad that it wasn't driveable and had to be towed or taken right away to the mechanic.
The first time this happened the car was still under the dealer's 3mo/3k mile warranty and they replaced the fuel injectors. About 9 months later it happened again, and I had the computer replaced. Less than a year later, a third time, and I had the fuel injectors cleaned.
My suggestion would be to MAKE SURE that the fuel injectors are new, as well as get the computer tested by an independent mechanic you trust before purchasing this vehicle, as it cost me between $350-$500 each occasion.
Otherwise the car handles amazing. It is very comfortable, especially on long rode trips with friends, has amazing turning radius, tight steering, and is a breeze to park, even in the city. Out of all the SUV's I drove, and have driven since, the Jeep has definitely been the most manageable and fun to drive. This includes the Explorer, Blazer, Jimmy, and 4Runner.
Overall, the Grand Cherokee is one AWESOME SUV.